New Coast Mountains Issue Available Now

For most of us, time spent in the mountains is a shared experience: We meet our buddies for first chair or in the parking lot of the sled zone. We hike into secret spots together, après together, and snap photos of each other whilst shredding the gnar. We corroborate each other’s bold claims and are ready to go on the next wild adventure. In the mountains, we trust our lives to the people around us and the quality of any trip often hinges on the teammates, not the landscape.

To celebrate that camaraderie (and the overall utter “snowiness” of the winter so far) the first Mountain Life: Coast Mountains cover of 2017 features Mason Mashon and Rory Bushfield sharing a deep ’n’ delicious powdery moment in the Squamish backcountry.

 

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For a long time, the team here has been looking for a cover to celebrate the way we actually go out into the wild. I think we finally found it this issue – a couple of buddies, raw nature, deep powder and real fun. The wild solitude of the Coast Mountains is a beautiful and inspiring thing, but living the dream means sharing the dream, especially in this day and age.

Pick up a free copy at specialty retail and hotels in the Sea-to-Sky, or read it online any time.

 

AirTnP
“The shift from powdery paradise to devil’s wind tunnel comes quicker than expected.”

Mason Mashon outlines the challenges, and rewards, of living in a homemade canvas shelter during a icy, howling, frozen arctic outblast.

 

Ride It Like It’s Stolen: The Blake Jorgenson Interview
“I always believed that everyone who ends up here is either running from something or searching for something….I remember working in a ski shop, skiing every day and then I’d get a paycheck for $800 and be stoked: What am I gonna do with all this money?”

An icon of outdoor photography weighs in on finding inspiration, creating art, sacred spots and his recent foray into filmmaking.

 

Hakai Crossing
There was a moment on this trip when a biological transition occurred in our bodies and water from the creeks and rivers around us had totally replaced our stored reservoirs of tap water from home. Right down to the cellular level, we were now a part of the wilderness we’d come to explore.

Four Squamish paddlers embark on a self-supported 240 KM SUP adventure from snow to surf on the BC Coast.

 

Stikine Dreams
Our plan in a nutshell: kayak down the legendary Stikine River into the Boundary Range, climb to 7,000 feet (2,134m), ski epic lines and kayak out to Wragnell, Alaska to catch a ferry back. Job done.”

Richard Moxon, Eric Parker, Erik Johnson and Brian Fletcher battle storms, adversity and a whole lot of ice on a never-been-attempted, 16-day, self-supported mission into some of the North’s deepest wilds.

 

Down and Out in Squamish & Whistler
To make matters worse, a middle-class dirtbag is also derided as a “granola” by the lower dirtbag stratums for his or her ability to financially access the more bourgeois of the cereal options. Much like middle classes the world over, these working class dirtbags get all the loathing that comes with privilege without actually being privileged.

From the Walmart parking lot to the day lot campers, Christoper Elliot offers a sociological analysis (first hand) of one of the Sea to Sky’s most understudied species: the dirtbag.

 

Urbex
It has nothing to do with mountains but there’s no shortage of adventure. Urban exploring is about stepping beyond those normal, everyday interactions with the urban landscape.

 

Leo Hoorn
Being an action sports cinematographer is by nature an act of humility. It’s basically saying. “I’ll carry a heavier pack and sacrifice some of my run so you guys can look rad.”

Filmmaker Leo Hoorn, gets the shots, has a large pack, but doesn’t sacrifice any radness.

 

The Outer Limits
If you remember putting a stripe of flouro Zinc-oxide on as sunscreen or the days when there were only two ski movies made each year, then you’ve probably daydreamed of getting a magic phone call to drop everything and go heli-skiing with Glen Plake. That happened to Squamish’s Damian Cromwell.

 

Plus: A kick-ass photography gallery, some Space-Age Wellness technology, Speed Riding, Traditional Swedish art, vegetables, garbage and more…

Pick up a free copy at specialty retail and hotels in the Sea-to-Sky, or read it online any time.

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